Sophie, Beau and Amelia Green of Woodford Island decided the best place to stay cool was at the Maclean Pool.
Sophie, Beau and Amelia Green of Woodford Island decided the best place to stay cool was at the Maclean Pool.

Grafton sets record temperature

GRAFTON's maximum temperature hit a record-high yesterday, and Sunday is only forecast to be hotter.

Weatherzone reports that the thermometer reached 43C today, eclipsing the February record of 41.3C set on February 21, 2004.

The record could be short-lived, with temperatures forecast to be as high as 44C in Grafton on Sunday.

The expected hot temperatures have already forced the postponement of racing at the Clarence River Jockey Club on Sunday, with the racing program moved to Monday afternoon.

Northern NSW Football also did not sanction any fixtures to be played between 10am-7pm this weekend.

The Far North Coast's fire danger alert level has been increased from Very High to Severe for the Clarence Valley.

There are two fires listed on the NSW Rural Fire Service Fires Near Me page in the Clarence Valley, the first the long-running Fannings Trail fire, and a Bush Fire on Wooli Road near Pillar Valley. Both are marked as under control.

Many Clarence Valley residents headed to the coast to seek some solace in the breeze, but with some choppy surf conditions, the pools were a popular place to cool down.

Yamba's temperature reached 31C, well short of it's historical February high of 41.5C, also set in 2004.



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